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OC Air Show 2019: Who’s performing, where to watch

The Ocean City Air Show returns for 2018 with the F-35 and the Thunderbirds Produced by Megan Raymond, Salisbury Daily Times

The OC Air Show returns for a 12th year, offering a mix of military and civilian demo teams which will fly over the beaches and the Boardwalk on June 15 and 16.

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a returning observer, there’s plenty to see at the air show this year, including some first-time appearances.

Here are five things to know about this year’s show:

Who’s in this year’s lineup?

This year’s show is expected to have a strong military presence. Headlining the show are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, with a debut from the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds.

“Fans will get a real treat at seeing this team,” said Chris Dirato, director of public relations for OC Air Show.

“Of course, we have a plethora of other military performers including the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, two A-10 Warthog Thunderbolts from the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard (flyovers each day) and the C-5M Super Galaxy from the 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base (Saturday only).”

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the U.S. military’s largest transport aircraft.

Civilian performer demo teams will have a presence at the show as well.

Matt Chapman, an aerobatic pilot, will be performing solo in the Embry Riddle 330LX. Chapman has flown aerobatics since 1984. He has achieved several honors at worldwide aerobatic competitions, according to the air show’s website.

The P-51 Mustang, a World War II-era fighter flown by Scott “Scooter” Yoak, will also be demoed. P-51s were used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts.

Where and when is the best place to watch?

You’ll be able to see the performances if you’re between 14th to 17th Streets, with 16th Street being the “Aerial 50 yard line” or Show Center, according to OC Air Show’s website.

Corporate chalets and hospitality tents extending from along the sea wall of The Boardwalk will be at the event site as well.